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Donald Ray "Don" Thornton
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1936
Salem
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 2011
Magna
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Donald Ray Thornton passed on to a better life on March 22, 2011. He resided at 2789 South 9150 West in Magna, Utah at the time of his death.

He was born February 25, 1936 in Salem, OR, and married Karla Spencer in Salmon, OR; she died. Don served in the US Military during the Korean War, serving from 1954 until he retired from the Navy in 1976. Don created leather work, and teased his kids by never letting them know who was going to get the finished item!

His happiest times were spent with his wife, Karla on their property in Duchesne. We know Don can now ride the seven seas, and stop off often to pick asparagus along the river with Karla, and even haul rocks so she can finish building her fence. He will be remembered with love by his family.

Don is survived by his children, Danna (Paul) Merchand, Jodi (Eric) Nelson, Mikal (Joan) Thornton, Mitchel Thornton, Boyd Nelson, Sherry (Jed) Jenson, and Ronnette Knight; grandchildren, Misty, Sunni, Nikole, Joseph, Matthew, Riane, Keith, Deverie, Jennifer, Stefani, Tony, Shawn, Kristen, Derek, Patience, Shelby, Jacklyn, and Angela; great-grandchildren, Jaimee, Conner, Madelyn, Samantha, Ciera, Tek, Kyler, Lily, Joseph, Michael, Savannah, Piper, and Bailey.

A gathering will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 West 2700 South, Magna.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011 in the Utah Veteran's Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road.
Published in the Deseret News on March 24, 2011. 
 
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  Karla Ann Spencer Thornton (1945 - 2010)
 
Burial:
Utah State Veterans Memorial Park
Bluffdale
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: Section B, Site 542C
 
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Mar 22, 2011
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Donald Ray Don Thornton
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Donald Ray Don Thornton
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Donald Ray Don Thornton
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Remember our Veterans, Our family Hero's... some who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our daily Freedoms and Liberties....Thanks Don for your service,,you are not forgotten..
- Michael V Drachman
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
Rest in Peace in the Eternal Light of Christ.
- God Bless .💕Sandra💕.
 Added: Mar. 24, 2011

- Ryan D. Curtis
 Added: Mar. 22, 2011
 
 
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